It’s easy to romanticize the past in just about any period of human history. And as scary and complicated as the world often seems today, many people like to think about how much better their lives would be if they had been born earlier.
The truth is that ancient peoples weren’t nearly as technologically advanced as we are now, and there’s no reason to believe that they were any less violent, either. In fact, there’s reason to believe that they may have been even more hawkish!
A series of recent discoveries in Europe suggest that these seemingly “simple” ancient civilizations were absolutely brutal… and they’re still disturbing to see even now.
Roughly seven-and-a-half centuries ago, during the early stages of the Neolithic period, central Europeans started farming in a time known as “Linear Pottery culture.” It was marked by the distinctive ceramic containers these pioneering farmers used back then.
Roman Grabolle / Wikimedia Commons
Unfortunately, there are no records (in writing, at least) of this unique culture, so detailed information about them remains scarce. Even so, historians continued to use what little evidence they had to make educated guesses about their findings—and they’ve discovered some brutal truths…
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In 2006, something incredible happened near Frankfurt, Germany, in the town of Schöneck-Kilianstädten. Completely by accident, a road work team dug up something shocking: a pile of human bones in a ditch…
D. Groneborn, Römisches Germanisches Zentralmuseum